Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Night is Clam Night

We've started a new summer time ritual around here: Tuesday night is clam night. The process starts with SodaBoy taking a short drive to the seafood market, a specialty shop that has all kinds of great stuff and supports the local NPR station. The clams aren't displayed in the coolers with the fish, but a simple inquiry revealed they have succulent clams hidden in the back room, two dozen for under $12. We don't live in an coastal region, but are within a day's easy drive, and seafood from the specialty shop is always delightful fresh.

We steam the clams. We eat them right in the kitchen, standing round the stove top, dipping them in bubbling butter that swims with chives from the garden, sipping white wine after every clam. The air is filled with the sounds of mmmmms and ummms; the stove and counter tops become dappled with butter drips. It is so damn good no one cares.


Then we take a brief intermission, and I take the local new potatoes off the steamer, and dump the leftover chive butter over them, and top the concoction with fresh, local parsley. The second course of potatoes is accompanied by local sweet corn and more wine, and is eaten at the dining room table, while music plays. I am not normally a big drinker, but this Tuesday night ritual just might convert me. The meal is so simple, so buttery, and so good.

7 comments:

Darren W. Lyle said...

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Electronic Goose said...

Mhmm, potatoes, corn, and wine! Can't say much about the clams, but yea for new traditions.

Nadine said...

Clam night sounds divine.

Momma Val said...

Ahhhhh! That sounds glorious. We sometimes buy a large bag of fresh mussels at the seafood store. You can steam them with onion, celery, garlic and also dip in butter. Little cheaper than clams but oooh oooh oooh yummy! You have good traditions!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Sounds utterly delightful and scrumptious. Mmmm! Wish I could have some.

I have to say I made a scrumptious dinner myself! A thai concoction with coconut milk and chicken and it came out GREAT! it's my third different Thai meal in a week and I have leftover coconut milk so I'll be making more. Unless I decide to try coconut ice cream, that might be good . . .

BerryBird said...

Welcome, Darren! Always nice to see new faces.

Aliki2006 said...

Okay, I'm drooling now, and craving clams, which I never do!